Queen's 40th anniversary - A reason to be excited about 2011

Queen's 40th anniversary has made the Telegraph list of '100 Reasons to be Excited About 2011'.

77 - Queen's 40th anniversary
Brian May's passion for the cosmos is almost as well known as his Charles II-like hairstyle, but he's not the only one to have noticed that the stars have aligned for Queen this year. Not only is it 40 years since Freddie Mercury joined a band called Smile, changed their name to Queen and gave birth to one of Britain's biggest rock acts, it's also 20 years this November since the flamboyant star died after contracting Aids. To mark the anniversaries, there'll be a film starring Sacha Baron Cohen and written by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen and The Deal) plus an exhibition at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane (February 25-March 12, trumanbrewery.com) provocatively titled Stormtroopers in Stilettos, with memorabilia, photographs and themed rooms. There'll also be a BBC documentary featuring May and Roger Taylor, and - you can guarantee - many other special events.

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